Working with young children is hugely rewarding and a lot of fun. It can also be very challenging, and it’s a fast-moving sector. We’ll help you develop the skills and understanding you need to apply for great jobs and to perform well in them.
We place the child at the centre of this course. You’ll explore child development and learning, and the importance of play; and learn about child health and well-being – looking at issues such as diversity, safeguarding and children’s rights. You’ll also study how to research childhood.
Although working with children is very hands-on, it’s vital that it’s built on the proper academic foundations. We’ll examine the link between theory and practice and how, put together, they produce high-quality childcare. Through this, you’ll also develop transferable skills which will appeal to employers, including research and presentation skills, and problem-solving.
Our helpful, enthusiastic and experienced tutors will support you throughout the course. Besides learning in small classes, you’ll develop your ability to work independently and in study groups.
Nowadays, you need a formal qualification to work in the early years sector. Standards are continually rising, and government policies and initiatives are always changing. We’ve designed this course to help you thrive in this fast-changing environment and to meet the needs of employers. When you graduate, you’ll be able to apply for interesting and relevant jobs, and equipped to perform well in the workplace.
We’ve aligned this course to the requirements of the former Children’s Workforce Development Council and the Early Years Professional Framework.
This course takes into account the former Children's Workforce Development Council and the Early Years Professional Framework. It will teach you the skills you need to work effectively in the early childhood sector, for example in nurseries and pre-schools.
On the other hand, you might choose to continue your university education by doing a Master’s degree, or a teaching qualification such as a PGCE.
Throughout the course, we’ll use different methods to check you’re making progress. There are no exams, but we’ll asses you on other written work such as essays, written critiques, a reflective journal and investigative reports. We’ll also assess your presentations, web discussions, and professional development portfolio.
The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.
With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.
At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.
Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.
You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.
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Additional study information
By law you must have recognised qualifications, such as this degree, to work with early years children in the UK. There are excellent opportunities for qualified people in many areas of this growing sector.
Class sizes here are small and the practical exercises and seminars not only keep step with your academic studies but also focus on the very latest developments. We encourage our students to form study groups to discuss these issues and also to practise learning independently.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
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